U.S. Fish & Wildlife Releases Latest Planning Update for Marianas Trench Marine Monument

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Guam – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the third in a series of updates on the planing process for the Marianas Trench Marine Monument.

This planning update summarizes the comments and questions received during the public scoping meetings held on Saipan, Rota, Tinian, and Guam last year, along with the initial agency responses.

Planning Update 3 – This update summarizes the comments and questions received and our response. (pdf 3.85 MB)

Planning Update 2 – Public Scoping Meetings for Monument Management Planning Announced (pdf 1.47MB)

Planning Update 1 – Charting a Course for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (pdf 2.8MB)

The Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce are required to complete the monument plan to guide the management of the monument’s resources.

The Monument Management Plan [MMP] is being developed by U.S. FIsh and Wildlife together with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The planners are working  in cooperation with the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard and the CNMI government.

The Marianas Trench Marine National Monument was declared on January 6, 2009 by then President George W. Bush. It was established under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906. 

READ more on the Marianas Trench National Marine Monument website HERE

The monument incorporates approximately 95,216 square miles within three units in the Mariana Archipelago (see map). 

The Mariana Trench Unit is almost 1,100 miles long and 44 miles wide and includes only the submerged lands. 

The Volcanic Unit consists of small circles (2.3 miles in diameter) around 21 undersea mud volcanoes and thermal vents along the Mariana Arc, again only the submerged lands. 

The Islands Unit includes only the waters and submerged lands of the three northernmost Mariana Islands, Farallon de Pajaros or Uracas, Maug, and Asuncion, below the mean low water line.